Generally, and assuming you have the time, we would advise that people apply for their visas where possible using the following schedule:
- Trans-Mongolian Travellers: 5 to 6 weeks before you depart
- Trans-Manchurian Travellers: 4 to 5 weeks before you depart
- Trans-Russian Travellers: not later than 3 weeks before to avoid higher consular fees
It is important for you to be aware that:
Russian Tourist visas can be applied for as far in advance as required.
The single entry Chinese visas give you 90 days to enter China (from the date the consulate issue the visa); having entered, you can then stay up to 30 days. The double entry visas give a period of 180 days from the date the consulate issue the visa during which time you may enter the country twice; as long as your second entry is before the “enter before” date on the visa, you can then stay in China for up to 30 days on that visit.
Today the Chinese consulates are issuing single entry visas that are valid for entry before: 31 October 2014. and double entry visas that are valid for entry before: Six month multiple entry visas issued today will be valid for entry until 29 January 2015 and twelve month multiple entry visas until 28 July 2015.